Sustainable Dance Club
Can dancing create green energy? Can a dance club become an electric power generator?
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Sustainable Dance Club
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There are pros and cons to wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts, but one of the most promising recent home-heating developments is the biomass stove -- a combustion device much like a pellet stove. Biomass stoves burn organic fuels: cherry pits, olive pits, sunflower seeds, corn, wheat and other cereal grains. The seeds and grains go into the hopper and out comes a slow, steady stream of fuel to the combustion chamber. These fuel sources burn cleanly and contain a huge amount of energy...how hearth and heart-warming. For more, try www.magnumHeat.com for biomass and wood stoves, www.bixbyEnergy.com for biomass stoves, or www.Tulikivi.com for soapstone masonry fireplaces. /m
For all of you out there who may be overcome by the holiday compulsion to wear or display fur, here is a website suppling faux fur of only the highest quality. This fake fur will quench even the most hide-heavy holiday thirst for animal hair. /r
If you're a geezer like myself with a deep, if sordid, audio past, or a closet DJ with a pile of Queen Latifah records, you probably have some vintage vinyl lying in storage somewhere that's just begging to get on your computer. Well it just might be time to consider transferring some of your audio gold from analog to digital. If you don't have a turntable, there are several turntables on the market that can do the job via USB. We like the Ion iTTUSB Turntable with USB Recorder available at Amazon.com for $149.99, it comes with software for Mac or PC. Be prepared for this one to be back-ordered.
An interesting celebrity emissions story is making the rounds. It seems Washington State is considering tightening its auto emissions standards to outlaw vehicles that produce "gross emissions". The statute would include Bill Gates' Porsche 959. (click for more)
Being married to a Finn, number 6 of the New York Post's Sunday Hot List jumped out at me: "Fantastic Finns." Had to check out raminiemi.com.
I haven't been to the dry cleaners in years. That "after-smell" on my clothes was so nauseating that I switched to a wardrobe that could be cleaned more simply. According to Greener Choices, over 80% of dry cleaners use perchloroethylene, or perc, a solvent which is associated with environmental and health risks. Perc has been classified by the EPA as both a hazardous air and water pollutant. It can potentially contaminate surface water, groundwater and drinking water, and it's known to be toxic to plants and aquatic animals. For more on this potent polluter, and to learn about dry cleaning alternatives, click here. /m
Just released from Christmas Classics is the first three volumes of "The Millennia Collection," a series of Christmas music packages containing CDs of carols, songbooks, and fine art and history books -- available as a single gift set for the first time this holiday season.
Is Santa delivering a new, wide-screen, LCD Groove Tube to anyone this year? Here's a natural beauty that's surrounded by a nice alternative to nasty plastic -- hard-as-steel, bamboo. Bamboo is our Product of the Year -- extremely durable, versatile, and best of all, a highly sustainable grass. This 19-inch-high, 9-pounder is RoHS-compliant, saves power 5 ways, and will set you back only $473.31. If only the buttons weren't plastic, maybe next year? Check it, here. /m
If you're not one of the 500,000 or so who rushed out to buy Little Johnny the new Wii, you're probably lucky. Nintendo just announced a recall on 3.2 million defective straps. The new and improved strap will have a .04 diameter instead of the current, .024 inch diameter. For more, click here.
Engineers at the University of Cambridge and MIT have a concept plane that's designed to be a quiet aircraft, and burn less fuel than the current array of birds of flight. Doesn't that sound good...comprehensive coverage from the BBC News website. bon voyage. /m
Click on my advertiser's blog (left column), Scooter McGavin's 9th Green for his insights on music, tv, politics and more...some funny, well-written stuff! /m
If you're considering buying that diamond-encrusted tiara for your sweetie this Christmas, buyer beware. Although the diamond trade has been a hot-bed of controversy for years (excellent story here), the release of director Ed Zwick's new film, Blood Diamond, has both DeBeers' and Russell Simmons' pr machines and heads spinning. Receiving more ink, as well, is news of companies who grow their own, synthetic diamonds...such as solaura. And to top it off, also in the spotlight are companies like Brilliant Earth, who've found a higher road in high-end, bauble-making. For most, gone are the days of waltzing into Tiffany's and mindlessly picking up a dazzling carat or two...it's a minefield out there, so dig-in and get up to speed, before forking over the cash for these dazzlers. /m
With a population of 146,000 -- Eugene, Oregon has instituted a 3-pronged effort to become carbon neutral in its buildings and operations, by 2020. This city should be the "poster boy" for all cities to offset its carbon dioxide emissions through improved: conservation, energy efficiency and spending on renewable forms of energy.
In an effort to re-brand itself as green friendly, Nissan Motors has announced it's entry into the hybrid car market. LINK
Little Guru, a line of socially conscious tees for boys and girls, are made from organic cotton with eco-friendly, low-impact dyes that are gentle on the skin. Yoga, Tribe and Culture and YouthAIDS (www.youthaids.org) have joined forces to spread the message of HIV/AIDS awareness to the world’s youth population. With the artistic talents of founder-designers James Wvinner and Carmena Su, Yoga, Tribe and Culture offers a limited edition organic cotton tank top to promote YouthAID's 'Off the Mat, Into World' program. 35% of the sale of each tank top is donated to YouthAIDS.
Celebrity and tattoo-inspired clothing is available online just in time for the rush of holiday gift-buying. Pictured here is a personal fave -- the Passport Panty. Yes, you can now protect your two most prized possessions -- your precious panties, as well as your passport as you circle the globe -- in search of tattoos, celebrities, or both.
Having had an office in Chelsea for 15 years, I tap into Union Square's green market and annual Holiday Market regularly. There's a booth that may interest the bauble buyer or book-mark buyer in you. If you can't get to the square, the artist who designs these items also peddles her wares online. Sally Dane, the designer, has created a line of sweet-meets-hip, vintage-inspired charm necklaces and earrings using semi-precious stones and gold-filled chains, and priced most of the items in the $25-40 range.